Member's Newsletter May 2011 

Contact the Board
Tel: 843 696 2688

Rosanna Krekel
Regional Director

Anna Lassiter

Sarah Digangi

Marshall Simon
Membership Director

Katie Kern
Public Relations Director

Robert Butt
Advertising Director

Natasha Shamdasani Madan
Technology Director

Linda Burnside
Co-Program Director

Michael Mitchell
Co-Program Director

In this Issue
Letter from the Regional Director
FGI in the News
FGI Royal Accessories Event
FGI Members Event
FGI Member Profile
What Our Members are Doing
Local, National & International Fashion News
Global Events

Regional Director's Note

Happy May FGI Members!

Your newsletter is full of exciting activities that FGI of Charleston is working on for you to accomplish the three objectives we set out to do here:

  1. Develop and further the businesses of our members
  2. Provide unique activities and programs for our members
  3. Spotlight Charleston as a fashion capital
Rosanna Krekel Image

How are we doing this? With a free, members-only event that gave business owners from different fashion industries a chance to meet, connect and share their business issues. See March 31st Members-Only Event.

We also do this by providing you important news in the fashion industries locally, nationally and internationally in your monthly newsletter, our Twitter account and our Facebook page.

To provide unique programs for our members, we continue to look for interesting speakers that have a local and national following and are experts in their field, along with interesting venues to host them in. Our second FGI Charleston event was held on May 2nd at The Thoroughbred Club. This event focused on the accessories industries - hats, jewelry and handbags. It included speakers: Leigh Magar, owner of Magar Hatworks; Rhett Ramsay Outten, co-owner of Croghan's Jewel Box; and Jane Wirrell, also of Croghan's. See FGI Royal Accessories Event.

To put a spotlight on Charleston as a fashion capital, we have three key achievements to report in our 5-month life as a non-profit. First, at the time of this newsletter, I am in New York City entering the work of our talented region for recognition amongst the 36 FGI regions around the world. I am hopefully going to report in our next newsletter an award for our community.

Second, the Charleston Region will be debuting in the FGI 2011/2012 Directory with our own page(s) and all of your names, professions and contact information will be distributed to 5,000 fashion professionals around the world!

Third, I was interviewed, along with Ayoka Lucas of Charleston Magazine, designer Sergio Hudson and several emerging designers on SCETV to discuss career opportunities in the fashion industry and South Carolina's Fashion Aesthetic. See FGI in the News.

Please let me know more of your questions, events you would like to see here, speakers you would like to come to Charleston and more of your achievements. This is your organization, so make it everything you need it to be.

Fashionably yours,

Rosanna Krekel
FGI in the News

April 28, 2011 - Rosanna Krekel, FGI of Charleston's Regional Director, interview with PA Bennett of SCETV on "Careers in the Fashion Industry"

April 2011 - Press Coverage on FGI's Royal Accessories Event:

The Digitel -

King Street Fashion District Blog

Live 5 News
FGI Royal Accessories Event
FGI's second event was an intimate tea timed near the Royal Wedding and focusing on the accessories industries. It was held on May 1st at The Thoroughbred Club. The overall theme was to present how accessories - hats, jewelry and handbags - could transform your wardrobe. The afternoon, which included a three-course tea, was an enjoyable and educational event that included the talents of speakers: Rhett Ramsay Outten and Jane Wirrell of Croghan's Jewel Box and Leigh Magar of Magar Hatworks.

As the tea course changed, the speakers moved to a different table to share their expertise and answer questions from the guests. Guests tried on antique rings from Cartier, replicas of the Princess Diana ring and EVERYONE donned a beautiful hat. Rhett and Jane focused on many creative ways to make your antique jewelry new and different ways to wear it, from brooches on headbands to melting down antique jewelry to create a one-of-a-kind vintage cuff. Leigh talked about how women and men finish off their look with hats and how to determine a hat that is right for you. Each of the experts went into the process of creating these pieces.

All guests left with a wonderful tip sheet so they could remember the day and a lovely jewelry cleaner stick provided by Croghan's Jewel Box. Here are some photographs of the event, but to see more please visit The Fashion Group International (R) Inc, of Charleston on Facebook at
FGI Members-Only Event

Our first member event of the Charleston region was held on March 31st. The event was held at the Michael Mitchell Gallery on King Street. Guests sipped 'La Bubbly', the champagne recently launched by FGI of Charleston supporter and owner of Social Wine Bar, Brad Ball. They also enjoyed delicious cupcakes by the locally-owned and appropriately named bakery, Cupcake. It was a great opportunity for all new members to meet and mingle, and many great connections were made.

For our next member event, please stay tuned to our Facebook page and email announcement.

FGI Member Profile - Andrew Petersen, Andrew Petersen Makeup


As an internationally trained and renowned cosmetic artist with Chanel, Christian Dior Beauty and Trish McEvoy, the passion for makup, beauty and people has always been Andrew Petersen's driving force. Currently, Andrew represents a major player in the renowned world of beauty - The Cos Bar - and is collaborating with Dr Christy Cone on a new beauty formula. Misiu Beauty, a Polish term of endearment making reference to the one whom you hold close to your heart, will launch in Fall 2011.

Andrew's experience level runs the gamut. He's professionally well-heeled in all print, editorial, and event cosmetic artistry. He has been featured in the New York Times, Southern Living, Southern Bride, Domino Magazine, Charleston Weddings Magazine, Charleston Post & Courier and Skirt Magazine, to name a few. The main goal of this cosmetic guru is to enhance the beauty in individuals one brush stroke at a time. He maintains that his priorities are to 'help others achieve their own personal and professional success'. As Petersen sees it, 'beauty shines from within and makeup frames that'.

Petersen, a University of Nevada graduate, began his career in 1991 with Chanel cosmetics. His illustrious career has taken him from New York to Europe. He's now made his home in the picturesque city of Charleston, South Carolina, where he serves his exclusive clientele.

His avid volunteer record includes work with the Ryan White Foundation, LowCountry AIDS Services, Charleston Center for Women, Charleston Fashion Week, South Carolina Association of Professionals and Advocates, as well as Leadership South Carolina. In 2009, he received statewide recognition in the form of the Unsung Hero commendation for his unparalleled work with HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

With the launch of Misiu and the new beginnings at Cos Bar, Petersen has gone full force into the wedding market of Charleston. Andrew's makeup talents are available for your wedding day, where he will ensure you look and feel your absolute best.

All FGI members will receive a 20% discount on Petersen's services, as well as their very own Misiu gloss, for their wedding day.

Andrew Petersen can be contacted on tel: (843) 817 0303 or email: Visit his website at

What Our Members are Doing

FGI board member, Katie Kern of 'Circa PR', hosted the sold out Eco Fashion Event on Earth Day (April 22nd) that featured the debut clothing line of FGI Board Member Natasha Shamdasani Madan of 'Taashki Handbags' featuring dresses, rompers and tops made with vintage 30-year-old Indian saris and profiled the natural jewelry collection of FGI Member, Fernanda Sullivan under the label of 'Fine Garnish'. The event was held at Michael Mitchell Gallery.

FGI board member, Michael Mitchell, will be hosting an 'Art for Charity' event from May 20 to June 20, which raises awareness for regional artists and supports Charleston-based charities. For more information, contact the Michael Mitchell Gallery at 843-564-0034 or email

Local, National & International News
NEWS - Ethical Fashion 

The Ethisphere Institute just released its list of the most ethical companies in the world for 2011. The main categories for the list are corporate citizenship and responsibility, corporate governance and reputation, ethics and compliance program  and leadership and innovation. For the first time, fashion  appeared prominently on this list. This is pertinent consider the high number of human rights violations in the industry's recent history.

Now individuals with high ethical standards can have a choice of mainstream ethical apparel brands to choose from including:

  • Adidas, the German sportswear label, managing brands like Reebok and Rockport. In late March, the company presented its new environmental strategy with a goal of using 100% Better Cotton by 2018 in an attempt to reduce its environmental footprint.
  • Gap, San Francisco-based  with five 5 primary brands: The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Piperlime.
  • The Timberland Company, a US clothing and footwear producer last year achieved the industry's largest greenhouse emissions reduction of 38%, though still below the company's 50% target.
  • H&M, a Swedish clothing chain, is another household name on the list.
  • The Minnesota-based retail giant Target, named by as one of the top 50 organizations for multi-cultural business opportunities.

Modern consumers care increasingly about business ethics and environmental stability issues, and many companies are starting to address the modern ethical buyer, recognizing that ethnical business practices may be good for their consciences and their bottom lines. Indeed, the companies on the World's Most Ethical Companies list have been outperforming the S&P 500 since 2007, and the gap has widened in recent years. Hopefully, high fashion houses will follow suit and make their own mark in this area in coming years.

NEWS - Pantone Color Planner for Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Unveiled

Pantone's color forecast showcases key palettes for women's wear, menswear, activewear, cosmetics, lifestyle & industrial, graphic design and home. Titled Refocus, the palettes break from the ordinary into the more abstract and unexpected, often improving original intent. It looks at unexpected color combinations to spark the imagination, refocus attention and stimulate new thinking to capture consumers' attention. Designers who innovate with color know that it is a critical motivating factor in purchase decisions. Published bi-annually, 18-24 months ahead of the season, the Color Planner is based on the Pantone Fashion & Home Color System. The new color forecast contains 8 palettes:

  1. Lodestar - vivid, vibrant tones that strongly stimulate the optic nerve and allow you to 'see' the world.
  2. Composed from the Shadows - a  crescendo series from browns to foggy gray greens, turquoise and khaki, finishing with dark chocolate and graphite.
  3. Submerge - oxygenated and salty blues descend to blackened ink, stone and moss. An underwater garden beneath an under water sky.
  4. Radiate - pure happiness and attention grabbing. Bright reds, embarrassing violets and vulgar orange are mixed together.
  5. Touchstone - traditional colors lead: brown-black, mahogany, saddle, sandal- wood, tan, midnight, glossy navy balanced by neutral.
  6. Aperture - looking at things in new ways, this palette's range includes the luminous and the somber, hot and color, a centrifugal force and a centripetal one, the macro and the micro, the atom and the universe.
  7. Converge - deep colors gathered and then merged in a new creative way.
  8. Peripheral - honest, flat, uncomplicated, warm color, builds complex forms as little elements work together to produce great things.

It also examines color movements - tones that are shifting in hues and intensity. Lighter blues and navy increase in importance. Leathery brown becomes more important as a basic. Oxblood grows in popularity as browns adopt a redder hue. Olive is stronger. Purple and purple hues are still evident. Brights have a singular status for winter. Camel evolves into cap- pucino and creamy hues. Yellows become softer and less sporty. Reds are more orange. Traditional winter darks & berry colors are mid-toned, less blackened.

Global Events

New York, NY
Accessories Circuit - May 2 to 4
Atelier Designers Collection - May 2 to 4
D&A (Designers & Agents) - May 2 to 4
Intermezzo Collections - May 2 to 4
Timecrafters Luxury Watchmaking Fair - May 13 to 15

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week - May 2 to 6

Tokyo, JAPAN
Beautyworld Japan - May 16 to 18

Miami, FL
Coast (Apparel Tradeshow) - May 16 to 17

Milan, ITALY
ModaPrima Fashion & Accessories - May 21 to 23

London, England, UK
The White Gallery (Bridal Tradeshow) - May 22 to 24

Get Involved with FGI!

FGI is looking for the following people to help us on a volunteer basis:

  • FGI Photographer
  • FGI Videographer
  • Regional Director's Assistant
  • PR Committee Member

Each month we will profile what each of the teams is working on so you can decide if your talents best fit here and you would like to become more involved in the organization.

PR Committee
The public relations committee works to promote and maintain FGI of Charleston's public relations and awareness in the community.

Responsibilities include: reaching out to press, writing press releases, inviting media to events, cultivating relationships with media outlets and insuring continual coverage of FGI electronically via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. This committee works very closely with the advertising and web committee so that the communications message for the FGI brand is consistent across all platforms.

If you are interested in volunteering on this committee or for any of the other positions above, please contact us at

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